Category Archives: Herbs, Plants, Trees, and Gardening

There is so much joy in gardening and raising our own plants whether we live on a farm or are growing in pots in our windows and on our patios and balconies. Food, remedies, beauty, not only are they beautiful, they are useful and necessary on so many levels.

I hope to create and eclectic variety of wisdom in growing, plant and herb, uses, etc here for anyone to read and use. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I am enjoying putting it together.

It is Chamomile

Awens to All:

It is Sunday Morning and thus time for the Herb Of The Week. This will be my 3rd Herb Of The Week in this Serialization.

I gave information about this Herb to a Ladyfriend that is trying to Quit Smoking as it does have a Relaxant Affect that Helps with getting over the Stresses of things such as trying to Quit Smoking.

The Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis):Image

Chamomile is Native to Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean Region. Both Single and Double Flowers are used in Medicine. Chamomile is one of the Oldest Favorites amongst Garden Herbs and its Reputation as a Medicinal Plant shows little signs of abatement. The Egyptians had Reverence for its Herbal Benefits, and it was due to their Belief in its Healing Powers that they Dedicated it to their Gods. The Curative Properties of the Chamomile is considered to lay in the Central Disk of Yellow Florets. Its Dried Flowers have been used for Centuries in Herbal Tea, while its Essential Oil has been an Ingredient in Commercial Flavors and Perfumes. Chamomile has a Long History as a Medicinal Herb and a Tea. Chamomile’s Medicinal Properties is backed up by Medical Research, and helps a variety of Medical Conditions.

Chamomile Tea is a Popular Herbal Tea appreciated for its Mild, Fruity Flavor and is a Soothing Nervine. Chamomile is also used to Relieve Menstrual Cramps, Arthritis and is an Effective Sedative. Its Sedative Affect is considered a Good Remedy for Chronic Nightmares. It has sometimes been employed in Intermittent Fevers. Chamomile Tea is also good for Treating Indigestion, Ulcers, Flatulence, Colic, Heartburn, Loss of Appetite.

Chamomile Herbal Tea is good for Treating Gout and Periodic Headaches. Chamomile makes a good Appetizing Tonic, especially for Aged Persons. A Tincture is used to help Treat Diarrhea with other Purgatives to prevent Griping. Chamomile foliage and flower heads have also been used as Antispasmodics and Diaphoretics. Chamomile Tea helps in Lowering the Temperature of the Body during a Persistent Fever and furthermore, the Herbal Tea is also effective against Colds, Flu, Sore Throats, and Persistent Coughs. Herbal Remedies made from the Chamomile are also used in the Treatment of Asthma and to Treat Hay Fever.

Herbal Remedies made from the Chamomile Herbal Tea also helps in Relieving Persistent Nausea and Sickness felt by a Women during the term of her Pregnancy, the Herbal Remedy can also help bring Relaxation from Uterine Spasms and aids in Relieving Painful Periods, it also helps in reducing Painful Menopausal Symptoms. Chamomile Tea is also good for Treating Premenstrual Headaches and Migraines. A type of Topical Chamomile Cream has also been used to Treat Sore Breast Nipples and also used as a Vaginal Douche for the Treatment of all kinds of Vaginal Infections.

Chamomile has been used Externally to Treat Wounds and Inflammations. Chamomile Flowers are used as a Poultice and for External Swellings, Pain or Congested Neuralgia, and will relieve where other Remedies have Failed, proving invaluable for Reducing Swellings of the Face caused through Abscesses. Chamomile is also used Externally as a Topical Remedy against Skin Disorders such as Eczema. Soothing Relief from Cystitis and Hemorrhoids can be had by sitting on a Bowl of Chamomile Herbal Tea.

Of the Chamomile, Nicholas Culpeper wrote:

“A decoction made of Camomile, and drank, taketh away all pains and stitches in the side. The flowers of Camomile beaten, and made up into balls with oil, drive away all sorts of agues, if the part grieved be anointed with that oil, taken from the flowers, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, and afterwards laid to sweat in his bed, and that he sweats well. It is profitable for all sorts of agues that come either from phlegm, or melancholy, or from an inflammation of the bowels, being applied when the humours tausing them shall be concocted; and there is nothing more profitable to the sides and region of the liver and spleen than it. The bathing with a decoction of camomile taketh away weariness, easeth pains to what part of the body soever they be applied. It comforteth the sinews that are overstrained, mollifieth all swellings: It moderately comforteth all parts that have need of warmth, digesteth and dissolveth whatsoever hath need thereof, by a wonderful speedy property. It easeth all pains of the cholic and stone, and all pains and torments of the belly, and gently provoketh urine.”

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Pineapple

Awens to All,

Yesterday, I told a Lady friend about the Health as well as Herbal Benefits of Pineapple and I am about to send her some Information about Pineapple.

ImageHere is my Analysis of Pineapple.

In 1493, Columbus came across the Pineapple (Ananas comosos) on the island of Guadeloupe. The natives who cultivated these fruits called them Ananas and believed that they had been brought from the Amazon many generations earlier by the warlike Caribs. A few Explorers had observed that Indians used Pineapple Poultices to Reduce Inflammation in Wounds and other Skin Injuries. Native people also Drank the Juice to Aid Digestion and to Cure Stomach ache. In 1891 an Enzyme that broke down Proteins (Bromelain) was isolated from the flesh of the Pineapple, accounting for many of the Pineapple’s Healing Properties. It has been found that Bromelain can also break down Blood Clots, which consist mainly of Protein. This Enzyme may well play a major part in Heart Attack Treatment in the Near Future, as well as in the treatment of Burned Tissue, Abscesses, and Ulcers.

Pineapple contains Nutrients that Believed to protect against cancer and these Nutrients also Help to Break up Blood Clots and is Beneficial to the Heart.

Ripe Pineapple has some Diuretic Properties helping to Remove Toxic Elements from the Body. Pineapple Juice also Helps to Kill Intestinal Worms. It also Relieves Intestinal Disorders Stimulates the Kidneys and Soothes the Bile.

Pineapple contains a mixture of Enzymes called Bromelain which helps to Prevent Inflammation. To help Reduce Inflammation, Eat Pineapple in between Meals. If Eaten during or after Meals, the Enzymes will be utilized for Digesting Food. The Root and Fruit are either Eaten or Applied Topically.

There are claimed therapeutic benefits for Bromelain in the following conditions: Angina, Arthritis, Athletic and Musculoskeletal Injuries, Bacterial Infections, Bronchitis, Cellulitis, Staphylococcus Infection, Inflammation, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, and Surgical Traumas.

Tests have shown that Pineapple helps Reduce Swelling brought about by Arthritis, Gout, Sore Throat and Acute Sinusitis. This also helps Accelerate the Healing of Wounds due to Injury or Surgery.

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The Lavender You Didn’t Know

The year is 1910.  René-Maurice Gattefossé is a French perfumer; a chemist in the employ of a perfume company, to create new fragrances.  This fateful day, René burns his hand rather badly.  So the legend goes, he accidentally douses his hand in lavender oil and marvels as the pain goes away.  17 years later, he publishes Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales and, it is said, fathers contemporary aromatherapy.

From that point, Lavender Essential Oil has remained a popular aromatherapy selection for over a century.  So popular, in fact, that it is cultivated globally for its essential oil.  Thanks to a booming industry, products from soaps to candles to air fresheners can be easily found with the real essential oil.  However, even as possibly the most famous aromatherapy fragrance, the plant itself retains some anonymity.

There are, in fact, many species of Lavender.  The species best preferred for its oil quality is Lavandula angustifolia.  The oil’s sweet scent with earthy notes is widely recognized, even when the name is not.  Known by the common name of English Lavender, this pleasant shrub has a long history of medicinal use.

Despite the name, English Lavender does not come from England.  It is actually native to the mountainous western regions of the Mediterranean Basin, such as the Pyrenees Mountains and Provence.  It is a sun-loving shrub in the Mint family that prefers well-draining soils and thrives with infrequent watering.  While beautifully aromatic when it flowers in the summer, the thin, woolly leaves also release a sweet fragrance when rubbed or crushed.  It is an excellent pick for xeroscaping and herbal gardens.

prod000476_lgWhile well known for fighting irritation and anxiety, herbals through the centuries point out other uses for this truly remarkable plant.  The essential oil itself is actually more than just a stress reliever.   Massages involving the essential oil are said to have additional benefits to the skin, muscles and nerves.   It is known to be a calming, effective antiseptic for the treatment of skin irritations, burns, and even abrasions.

When using the fresh or dried herb, teas and tinctures are common.  Both are said to make an excellent mouthwash, probably owing to its antiseptic qualities in fighting halitosis and gum infections.  Such extractions may also be good remedies for various digestive ailments, as well as nerve-related complaints.  Along with Lavender floral waters, the tea can also be used as a freshening spray for linens to repel fleas.  Even the dried plant itself makes delightful, sweet and earthy incense.

This brief look has hinted at the lofty history of English Lavender, and its scenic, warm native climes.  We even took a look at its wonderful medicinal and therapeutic value.  Any way you look at it, English Lavender is a great ornamental, medicinal, and low maintenance herb.

Disclaimer: It is highly recommended to consult a Naturalist or Aromatherapist before starting an herbal treatment.  Essential oils, as a rule, are not for internal consumption.  When working with essential oils and raw herbs, check for allergies before a reaction can occur.